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Real User
Principal Business Intelligence Analyst at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 17 2017

What is most valuable?

SSRS and the Tabular server/Vertipaq engine/DAX are probably the two most valuable components, leaving out SQL Server (and Azure versions of it, including the Azure warehouse and big data technologies). SSRS's display functionality is... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Microsoft BI really entails a whole catalog of products. The relative ease with which these products work together is where the primary value comes into play. When you buy SQL Server Enterprise, you automatically have access to SSAS, which... more»

What needs improvement?

No product is perfect, and the Microsoft stack is no exception. The first things that come to mind are Microsoft's recent shift in strategy to focus on cloud first. While this makes sense for them, it leaves the on-premise products lagging in... more»
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Business Intelligence Analyst & Developer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 31 2017

What is most valuable?

Since its integration into SQL Server 2005, Microsoft has made a number of improvements and added many new features. It had a big overhaul in 2008 and acquired a bunch of new features with 2008 R2: KPIs, maps, sparklines, new functions, published Report Parts, and more. Let me highlight some of the advanced features that keep people on the platform: *... more»

What needs improvement?

The few things I mention below constitute very strong reasons why Microsoft has essentially abandoned the platform and why I agree with them. * Lack of mobile support. Reports look terrible on mobile screens. They don’t have the ability to redraw themselves as with responsive UIs. Security remains a hassle on mobile because SSRS relies heavily on Active... more»
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Senior Consultant | Architect at DHL
Aug 23 2016

What is most valuable?

Firstly there was the wow effect, as when I saw the number of connectors which were made for this product/service. It is quite fantastic to have the ability to connect separate services like CRM, NAV, Facebook, Exchange etc. and make data... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Because the product is based the ability to quickly produce BI insights and reports, it’s really useful on a daily basis. Another improvement is definitely the possibility of browsing the dashboards on smartphone using an app, and another is... more»

What needs improvement?

Well definitely the connectors, which is always a huge space for improvement in configurations, especially the amount of connectors etc. Also, the graphic designs of the reports needs work as they are still really strictly defined, and with... more»
Real User
Accountant at a government
Apr 11 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the flexibility, how many ways you can interrogate the data, and the the graphical visualization.

How has it helped my organization?

For a long time I had to do everything manually, and it took a long time. At the moment, I just have to refresh and I get my report. A few clicks are needed. Once I get the data in the right format, then I have the report as quickly as it is... more»

What needs improvement?

They need to make it as user-friendly as possible. Make it as non-technical as possible. At the moment, if you are not a person who is familiar with modeling analysis, it might be a bit scary. So I think it should be a very simple user... more»
Real User
IT Director at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
May 03 2018

What is most valuable?

* Easy to use. * End-users can make changes to the graphics. * The tool runs very fast.

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped us to have the information in a visual format, using graphical tools. Until now, we had to view the information on paper or in Excel files. With this tool, we can view the company's and departments' situation graphically. It... more»

What needs improvement?

I am a SAP user and I would like this tool to have more connectors - and to more easily connect to - the ERP or SAP environment. Also, I would prefer that the solution not be shared. I'm concerned that if we make a mistake we could reveal... more»
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What is Microsoft BI?

Microsoft BI is a business intelligence solution that turns data into insightful and useful business information that is relevant to all levels of the business.

Microsoft BI combines familiar Microsoft tools - Office, SharePoint, and SQL server, with extra features for end-users, such as Power View and Power Pivot. This powerful product gives businesses a competitive advantage by allowing end-users to better analyze their data, collaborate and better present their data.

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SSRS, SSAS, MSBI, MS BI, MS Reporting Services, Power BI, Microsoft BI Tools, Microsoft Big Data
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Konica Minolta, Klout, Mahindra Satyam, The Weather Channel, Argus, Credit Suisse, NCR, and Sysmex.

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